Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Vesuvius from Posillipo

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16065
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 79

Catalogue entry

Turner made numerous studies of the scenery to the west of Naples and in this sketch Vesuvius and the Sorrentine peninsula are seen from the coast of Posillipo. The precise location and the building in the centre of the composition are unidentified but Turner’s viewpoint appears to be near to the Capo di Posillipo.

Nicola Moorby
August 2010

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